Windows 8

Acer TravelMate X313 convertible “Ultrabook” stretches limits on the name

Acer TravelMate X313 convertible “Ultrabook” stretches limits on the name

So you say you've seen every single different kind of Ultrabook there is to see, yes? Acer disagrees with you - here in the Acer TravelMate X313, you've got a tablet that works with a dock and a keyboard case as well as an 11.6-inch display with extreme scratch resistance. This device builds on the legacy of the similar-looking Acer Iconia W7 and the more recent Acer Iconia W3, that being the first Windows 8 tablet on the market with an 8.1-inch display. The style says similar, the innards earn a big beef-up.

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Dell drops Windows RT as XPS 10 tablet quietly discontinued

Dell drops Windows RT as XPS 10 tablet quietly discontinued

Dell has quietly axed its XPS 10 tablet, the Windows RT-based 10-inch slate that offered a keyboard dock and ARM processor architecture for longer battery life, though it's not certain whether it's a final shift for the company away from the ailing Windows 8 variant. Announced in August last year - in fact we first went hands-on all the way back at IFA 2012 - the XPS 10 promised up to 20 hours of runtime on a single charge thanks to its frugal Qualcomm chipset, but sales proved disappointing and Dell was left unimpressed by the spot Windows RT was carving in the market.

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Here’s how SteamOS destroys Microsoft

Here’s how SteamOS destroys Microsoft

This week the gaming-centric company known as Valve has announced plans to release SteamOS, a living room-aimed operating system that will be free to download and free to license. This operating system is based on Linux architecture - similar to how Android is a Linux-based OS - and the company intends on expanding well beyond the confines of their current video games-based model with TV, movies, and music. Is Microsoft too big to fail? We're about to find out.

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Surface 2 Docking Station, Touch 2, Type 2, and Power Cover hands-on

Surface 2 Docking Station, Touch 2, Type 2, and Power Cover hands-on

With the ushering in of the second generation of Microsoft Surface devices in the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2, the company decided to give their accessory line a boot as well. What you're seeing this week is a Type Cover 2, a Touch Cover 2, a Power Cover, and a Docking Station. These accessories will all be working with the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 as well as the original Surface Pro but will not work with the original Surface RT.

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Firefox goes touch-friendly for Windows 8

Firefox goes touch-friendly for Windows 8

Mozilla has recently put out a call for those willing and able to test a preview build of Firefox. This build is designed for Windows 8 tablets and is touch-friendly and sporting what is described as being a tile-based Firefox Start Experience. And in addition, this build of Firefox is offering support for Windows 8 touch and swipe gestures as well as Snapped and Fill views.

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Surface 2 hands-on

Surface 2 hands-on

Is there a place for Windows RT tablets in a competitive slate market dominated by iPads? Microsoft still believes there is, and the Surface 2 is the company's second attempt to convince everybody else that's the case. Still using the same, slick VaporMg metal construction and crisp-edged style, the Surface 2 is as handsome as ever, but now it has NVIDIA's Tegra 4 under the hood and the Full HD touchscreen from the Surface Pro 2 on top. Is that enough to clinch the deal? Read on for our first impressions.

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Surface Pro 2 hands-on

Surface Pro 2 hands-on

Microsoft isn't giving up on Windows 8 tablets, and the Surface Pro 2 is the slate that it expects to finally crack the market. Taking the original Surface Pro and refreshing it with Intel's fourth-generation Core "Haswell" processors, the new Surface Pro 2 takes advantage of the more battery-efficient chips to deliver longer runtimes, not to mention introducing more interesting accessories along the way. Read on for some first impressions.

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